Willow Leaf

Willow Leaf

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Willow trees have a large supple bark sap that has high concentration of salicylic acid.

The tree is soft with thin branches and large fibrous roots. The willow roots are tough and grow from parts of the plant above the soil. The willow tree leaves are elongated, round or oval, and have saw like margin.

Willow tree leaves will help to

  • Reduce fever and aches.
  • Control  someone through binding or magical manipulation.

Medical uses

The use of willow bark leaves has a long history, for instance, they have been mentioned as having capability to reduce aches and fevers in many texts obtained from the ancient Syrians, Sumerians and Egyptians. The famous Greek physicians,  Hippocrates and Dioscorides, wrote on the medical properties of willow bark leaves and trees. The entire of American continent fully relied on willow tree leaves in the cure of certain ailments, which has been associated to salicin. This chemical make up is identical to that of aspirin. That means, the leaves relieve the body of various pains including stomach, head and joint pains. Back the 16th Century, an English scholar and reverend observed the properties and notified the Royal Society for publishing. However, it was not until 1828 that a French pharmacist managed to separate salicin.

Chinese physicians have also used Willow to relieve pain and for similar causes as the Greek since 500 BC. They would use the sap in tinctures and in teas. They also applied salves of the sap to the skin to aid in arthritis, congestion, and minor aches and pains.

Magical uses

Magicians have argued that, the willow may be used in behalf of a person in conjure hand. This will be in the form of a doll baby, highly portable.

To make a hand control: Take a root from the side of the willow tree that the sun rise in soon before it comes up, label it whoever you want to work on. Then, wrap the root in a red flannel alongside sulphur, black pepper, a needle, and salt. Then sew it up, dress and spray with Hoyt’s Cologne, always carry it along. The willow root is used interchangeably with Quassia. In this case, you need to write the persons name on a white paper nine times. Wrap around Quassia bark chips and light up to burn. Take the ashes and add to the willow leaf. Crumble and roll up to make a packet which shall be used as the former.

Willow is also famous for use in magical rites and rituals. Many magicians prize the bark of the willow as a magical wood and will craft magical items such as pendants, pendulums, pentagrams, and wands out of the wood. Often it is recommended to leave the bark on the wood, rather than sanding it down as both the tree and all elements are considered very powerful.

By Florance Saul
Aug 29, 2012